Scandal can be handled…
Captain Maximus Harcourt, the unconventional tenth Duke of Alderidge, can deal with tropical storms, raging seas, and the fiercest of pirates. But he’s returned home from his latest voyage to find a naked earl – quite inconveniently deceased – tied to his missing sister’s bed. And he has only one place to turn. Now he’s at the mercy of the captivating Miss Ivory Moore of Chegarre & Associates, known throughout London for smoothing over the most dire of scandals.
Miss Moore treats the crisis as though it were no more serious than a cup of spilt tea on an expensive rug. As though this sort of thing happened on the job every day. Max has never in all his life met a woman with such nerve. Her dark eyes are too wide, her mouth is too full, her cheekbones too sharp. Yet together, she’s somehow…flawless. It’s just like his love for her, imperfect, unexpected – yet absolutely true.
I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher, via Netgalley, this does not affect my opinion of this book or the content of my review.
I picked this up because Kelly Bowen’s other works have brought a smile to my face. They are over the top ridiculous, but a ton of fun too. And I just can’t resist a competent, take charge woman. And Miss Ivory Moore totally rocks it in the competence category.
This is pure escapism. We have a secretive agency that makes scandals go away, a dead earl, a nasty wager, and a convoluted plot-so very, very convoluted. It is delightful, so long as you can hold onto your willful suspension of disbelief. And believe you me, the willful part is necessary, this is wallpaper historical at its finest.
The plot is almost insanely entertaining, and I do hope we get Beatrice’s story eventually, but Ivory is what makes the story. She’s frightfully competent, clever, headstrong, and a damsel who doesn’t need rescuing, though she appreciates it when it happens. Max was fun and sweet, and clever too, but…how to put this, while I liked him and liked him for Ivory, he wasn’t remotely why I liked the story.
It is kind of weird, but I think I’d have enjoyed Ivory in a Chegarre and Associates mystery story with no hint of romance. It is a head scratcher. In any event, Duke of My Heart is a pleasant diversion to while away an hour or two, and I look forward to reading more from Bowen.